Motherhood offers the chance to make course corrections on a daily basis. No day is perfect . . . at least not for me. So, there’s always a chance to do better and be better. When I’m listening to my kids’ cues instead of just brushing them off to get things taken care of, I can hear what they need and try to do better for them.
This week, two of those cues stood out to me:
I had all the kids down for naps except the one that was in school and 5 year old Evie who had preschool earlier that day. I needed to get dinner made in advance since we had a busy afternoon coming up so I told Evie she could watch a cartoon while I was cooking. She said she’d rather help me . . . gasp! She gave up cartoons because she would rather be with me — yup, I need to spend more time with her. So, we made lasagna together. It took a little longer than it would’ve for me to do it on my own, but we had some good bonding time together and I plan to do it more often.
Chase is in first grade and does journal writing every week. I love the journal entries that come home so I can see what is going on in his head. At 7 years old, he already has that silent teenager thing going on where he doesn’t say much. One of his journaling papers from this week says that he “loves to play with Dad” and “loves it when Mom learns how to play legos”. He loves legos – legos are NOT my kind of thing. I get frustrated when he tries to get me to help and follow the directions in the booklet so I usually just have him do it on his own. Obviously, I need to play legos more often. Time for a course correction!